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A Math lesson on graphs
T267 Lesson Plan
November 4, 1996
Topic: Bar graphs and picture graphs
The children will be able to demonstrate how to:
1. Collect and record data on a graph
2. Read and interpret data on a picture graph and/or bar graph
Everyday Graph Mat
1. Break the children into groups of 5 or 6 children.
2. Pass out shoe markers and an Everyday graph mat to every child.
3. The children will need to cut their shoe markers apart (if appropriate)
4. Allow the children to examine and explore with the shoe markers.
5. Have the children discuss the types of shoes on the markers. For example dressy shoes, not dressy shoes, high shoes, flat shoes, tennis shoes, etc. NOTE: Students must agree on the classification of the shoes in order to discuss the assignment.
1. Introduce and discuss the concepts: bar graph, picture graph and pairs (of shoes).
2. Explain the activity.
3. Demonstrate how to set up the Everyday graph mat, and show the children where the teachers shoes would appear on the graph.
4. Have the children discuss among their group where each student’s shoes would appear.
. When the children have decided have them glue the correct pieces in the correct place.
6. After the children have placed the shoes where they belong, bring the entire class back together and discuss and display their results.
1. Combine every groups’ results on a class graph.
2. Discuss what the children see about the whole class results.
3. Note and respond to the children’s comments
4. Review the concepts introduced: pair, bar graph, and picture graph. Allow the children to tell you their definitions of each concept.
1. Supply each child with another Everyday graph mat and more shoe markers.
2. Have the children go through their closet at home.
3. Identify the types of shoes.
4. Graph the shoes on their mat.
**the teacher should provide an example from his or her own closet.
1. The children will turn in the Everyday graph mat done for classwork.
2. They will turn in their homework mat.
3. They will be observed during the activity.
4. They will be graded on participation.
*Math Everyday (1992). Janet G. Gillespie & Patsey F. Kanter. D.C. Heath & Co.
*Jennifer Bullis ( 1996).